Saturday, April 11, 2009
This is also one of the two times a year that you go to church. That doesn't bother me. Going to church twice a year just to make yourself feel good makes you ineffective and weak - I love that.
So go ahead and put on your best outfit so that you can shock everyone at church and show up at Easter. Then wait another six months and show up again at Christmas.
It doesn't bother me.
Going to church on a regular basis does not make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage once a week will make you a car.
But if you are a Christian, going to church and enjoying fellowship with your brother and sister Christians is part of being a happy and thriving Christian. People are very social, and God knows this. This is why it is important that Christians congregate on a regular basis. It recharges your batteries and it encourages you and strengthens your faith.
There are times when it is easier to just stay home. Getting up, going to church, and then spending the afternoon going out in the community is not easy sometimes - but it is what we are supposed to do and we will feel refreshed after doing it.
Take time this week to go to church and to appreciate the sacrifice that was made by our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It has been a while since I have written! I know, I know...but there are other souls to torment. The world does not revolve around you.
Anyway, I just popped in to congratulate you!
Thanksgiving is coming up, and you are so worried about the food, the guests, the preparations....
You don't take a minute to think of helping others who will not eat tonight.
You think nothing of visiting a neighbor that is has no family and will be alone today.
You think nothing of the single mom whose kids will be with dad this Thanksgiving and she will be depressed and lonely.
The best part? You are teaching your kids to be the same way! I love it!!!
Don't even think about showing the love and compassion of Christ, okay? No reason to start now...
Gotta go! Busy busy busy!
Keep up the great work!
I know I am guilty of getting so wrapped up in Thanksgiving plans that I tend to forget about others who will be alone or hungry this Thanksgiving.
Not this year. This year the kids and I are reaching out to others during this time of year.
I hope you will do the same.
Monday, March 3, 2008
When I have the copies available I will post pricing and ordering info.
Thanks for all of the requests for a hard copy!
Friday, February 8, 2008
What a delightful day for me! I loooooove following you around!
First, traffic was such torture today. Loved how you yelled at that lady who cut you off! (The hand gesture was a nice touch, too.) Priceless! Especially since your bumper sticker proudly boasts your church name and a lovely cross. Hahahahahahahahahahaha I'm sure THAT will boost attendance next Sunday. Hahahahahahahahahahaha
And in the customer service line at XYZ-mart: Loved the huffing and puffing and general nasty attitude. Oh, yes, I know you had to wait a whole 15 minutes in line before being served. And the fact that you ranted and yelled at the poor clerk when you finally did get served because she could not accept your return was a beautiful addition. Demanding to see the manager and then yelling at him, too, was a fantastic touch!
All the while, that gorgeous golden cross was bouncing around your neck for all the world to see. And it did. Hehehehehehehehehehehe They talked about it for days! And I, of course, had to whisper in their ears about how they would never want to go to church and associate with those kinds of people, now would they? "Hypocrites! All of them!" Hehehehehehehehehehehehe
Such a stressful day....but then you got to go out to eat that night. So much better, right?
You were in such a snippy mood. The kids were acting up and you were not happy.
So you took it out on the waitress.
"The rolls aren't hot enough." "The drinks are flat." (Not really.) "The service is slow." (Not her fault - the kitchen is backed up.) "Where's my meal?" (Um. In the kitchen.) "Why can't you get the order right? No, I am quite sure I did NOT say I wanted mashed potatoes - I want fries!" (Nope, you said mashed potatoes.) "How many times do I have to tell you that I want DIET soda?" (You didn't say "diet".) "Why did you have to sit us near that noisy table?" (Like it's her fault - she didn't seat you. The hostess did.) "Where's our check?"
(In reality, the service, the food and the waitress would have been quite fine any other night, but you were having a bad day and needed a scapegoat.)
So, what do you do? You leave a tract....but no tip. (Where do you think that tract is going to end up? Yep, in the "circular file" - the trash can. Hahahahahahahahaha!) And the waitress told EVERYONE on the wait staff what happened. (Including showing them the tract - and throwing it away in front of everyone.)
By my calculations, you have made 47 people less receptive to the Gospel today.
THANK YOU!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
With a title like "The Power of the Cross," I am sure this is NOT what you thought this article was going to be about. Surprise! The "power" I speak of in this article is the care we must use in our actions when we openly display a sign of our faith. (And other times, of course.)
1 Corinthians 8:9 says, "Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak." (This speaks of eating food sacrificed to idols.) Verse 13: "Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall."
1 Corinthians 9:19: "Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible."
Paul is speaking about some of his specific rights as a Christian in these chapters, but I want to focus on the more general message he is trying to convey.
Paul was very concerned about how his actions affected the faith of those around him, watching him. Over and over, he emphasized how he would humble himself in situations so as to not destroy the witnessing he was doing for Christ, even when what he wanted to do was not a sin. As he said, it is better to never eat meat again than to eat it and destroy the faith of a weaker Christian.
I feel this is even more important when we are around people in public. I am not saying that I have never shown by bad side in public, but I will say that God has really spoken to me on this subject. (I have four kids. There are times they can try your patience, especially in public. And patience is NOT one of my virtues. Ask my mom.)
I will never forget an incident that happened a few years ago. I was at the store with 3 of the 4 kids. One was sick (ear infection). She was incredibly whiny because of this.
The wait in line was LONG. VERY slow. I had a whiny, sick child and 2 others that I was trying to tend to. I kept calm (even when I knew others were wacthing me - she was really being annoying). We got home and I promptly forgot about it.
A few weeks later, I was in the same store (no kids), waiting in line. (Same cashier, too. VERY slow.) I was chatting with the man behind me in line to pass the time. Suddenly, he said, "You are the lady with the little girl a few weeks ago, aren't you?"
I laughed and said, "Yes!" I recognized him as being behind me in line that day.
He said, "I was really impressed with how calm you stayed with your daughter that day. You didn't even raise your voice!"
I chuckled and explained how she was sick and is normally not like that, so I was a lot more patient than I usually would have been with that kind of thing.
He just looked at me for a minute and said, "You are a good mom."
It brought a tear to my eye.
God had already being speaking to my heart about how my actions and attitude affected others, but that brief exchange brought the message home.
I am not saying to let people walk all over you. But there is a way to get your point across and not hurt other people.
So be aware, be gentle, and be a witness.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Be sure not to encourage your kids to participate in any kind of charity work. You know how kids are these days - apathetic, lazy, uncaring. They would hate working on something like that.
Kids are really amazing people.
They can sympathize with someone being poor or hungry. They can understand how some kids don't have toys or basic "stuff." Their hearts are young and (usually) unjaded. They simply want to help others.
But the important thing to impress upon them is that material goods are nothing without the Gospel being given, too.
My 9 year old collected 65 items for a food drive at church this week. She called relatives and asked for donations. It was truly heartwarming to see how she took this mission to heart.
But the best part is that she understands that while we are helping people be fed, we are also going to help feed their souls by presenting Jesus to them when they get their food.
Truly a great lesson to learn at such a young age.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Faith without the deeds to back it up is an empty faith. (James 2:26) We, as Christians, are to be known through our fruit. (Colossians 1:10)
I have started the group LFS Neighborhood Changers for those who want to start a LFS Neighborhood Changers group in their church or simply want to go out into their community and bear fruit and be a good witness for Christ.
Let's start a worldwide change - by starting in our own backyard.
Monday, January 21, 2008
This Sunday was "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday" in your church. I thought I would pop my head in and see what was going on! I sooooooo enjoy seeing you, you know.
Your pastor had a guest speaker today - the director from your local Crisis Pregnancy Center.
I despise that place - that one center alone helps thousands of people in your community. Talking about Jesus and witnessing to them. *shudder* They steal souls from me more times than I want to even think about!
Anyway - back to the event.
As the director shared her stories, you folded your arms and nodded - and tuned her out. What do YOU care about women who "get into trouble" by "getting themselves pregnant"? Serves them right, doesn't it? And if they decide to "terminate their pregnancy" - so what? One less "burden on society," right?
That's fine. Don't donate to the Pregnancy Center. Don't volunteer. Don't pray.
The people they don't reach because of your lack of support.....will be with me.
Thanks for helping me fill Hell!
First, let me say up front that I used to be a FIRM supporter of abortion rights. I wore the buttons, repeated the slogans, blah blah blah.
Then I had children.
From the moment I felt that first flutter of life within me, I stopped being an abortion rights supporter. Period. Right there.
Up until that point, I really believed the whole lie that the abortion rights side would have you believe - that an embryo/fetus is not a real "person."
What mother has not felt a little one wriggle inside of her and not felt the bond? The little life inside of her is a person - not a part of her body. Not an extension of her. It is a seperate, unique individual.
I have four children. Each one has a distinct personality, little quirks and different destiny. They are not me.
If a society had passed a law saying you have up to 3 days after the birth of a child to decide whether or not that child will be allowed to live or not, we would be outraged! How barbaric!!
Is it any less barbaric to destroy a child in the womb of the mother? Somehow, I believe that to be an even crueler fate.
Now, before I go on, I want to make a point about forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 says that "if we confess our sins, he (Jesus) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins...."
Romans 8:1 - "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
God can forgive anything. ANYTHING!! Abortion is no different. You just need to know your ABC's:
- Admit you are a sinner (that you have done things wrong in your life).
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins (mistakes) and rose again.
- Confess that he is your Lord and Saviour.
Do you want to receive this peace and forgiveness?
You might pray something like this:
"Dear Jesus -
I know that I am a sinner and in need of a Saviour. I turn now from my sins and receive You into my life. Thank you for sacrificing Your life to save me, then rising to life again that I may spend eternity in Heaven with You. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. Amen."
If you prayed that (and meant it), then welcome to the family!! I would love it if you contacted me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know of your decision so we can rejoice together!I also urge you to contact your local Crisis Pregnancy Center and find out ways to volunteer and to support them. The wonderful people at these centers help countless women and men by providing diapers, baby items, counseling, pregnancy tests, cribs, car seats and so much more. These centers help women who choose LIFE for their babies.